Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 28 of 61

Shoot: Accordion Technique

 

Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 28 of 61

Shoot: Accordion Technique

 

Lesson Info

Shoot: Accordion Technique

Let's do this accordion post, okay, and demonstrate that. So let's just start off with, let's pretend that we have a beautiful bride here, Elena, and then let's get some volunteers. Who wants to come up and take some pictures and be in the group shot? Does anybody wanna take your picture? All right, so let's just do all, let's just do the bridesmaids first, how's that? So let's, well, no, hey. There's guys in there all the time. Let's do it, whatever. Okay, so come on up, and let's just try that accordion posing, okay? And so you guys will be over here. Elena, why don't you go over there and we'll face you this way. Okay, let's, hey, let's just go with five more, how's that? Just to keep it easier. Okay? So, let's, okay, great. Perfect. So let's pretend that you are the maid of honor. Okay, thanks. Okay, and so I would have you pose together in the middle. Okay, and then I would group you up, and I kind of would go by height. So I can see that you're a little bit taller, right. So ...

I'd have you guys group together and pose here. And then I'd have you come here on this side, right. And so then I would pose you two, right. And she's a little bit taller than you, so I would have you guys face each other, right. And then come together like this, right. Perfect. And then now, I've got an accordion. Now, I know I got terrible lighting in here. Usually, I would use a flash, but if you can come on this side, and see what we can do, if we can light them up in it. How bright can we do it? Can we just evenly light everything? Is that even possible? Sort of, what's that? (aide speaks off-mic) Yeah, let's see what we've got there. Usually, I would be setting up my flash and everything. Okay, can you get in a little bit closer, right. There you go, right there, okay, so I'm go way, way, way, I shoulda changed lenses, but no, we gotta do things the hard way. This looks good, okay, one, two, great, (camera clicks) Good. All right, now, I want you guys look at each other and hysterically laugh, ha ha ha ha ha. All right, okay. (audience laughs) Now, what the problem with that is, is when they look at each other, a lot of times you don't see their face. So I'll do that and I'll say, "Laugh," and everything, but laugh in front of each other, so I could see your face. Okay, so again, do that same thing, but you're gonna kind of laugh in front of each other, hysterically laugh, go. (laughter) (camera clicks) Perfect. Elena, look forward more this way in front. Don't look at each other, but laugh. Yeah, there you go. (camera clicks) Perfect. (camera clicks) All right, good. Now, let's just have you hold hands and separate a bit. I don't even know if we can get this in the camera view. So hold hands. I know that might feel weird because these are not your real friends. Okay, so, yeah. See how they're holding hands like that. So what you've got, actually we gotta do something a little bit different right here. So I need to have your body that way, yeah, so you can reach back, right. And so you're gonna face this way, right. And so I'm still keeping the accordion, but they're just holding hands, and then they're spreading out, and I'm pretending they have beautiful backlight behind them, and I'm not even sure I can get everybody in line, here. I can't, so, but I'm goin' for it. (laughter) I'm goin' for it. I'm still here, folks. That's good, nearly done, now look at me. Okay, look at each other. Okay, now be perfect. Nice. Okay, good. All right, and so that's kind of the accordion, and then the extended, and that's a nice little pose for the bridesmaids and something you can do with the group. Okay, great, thank you very much.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction
  2. 5 Shots That WOW
  3. Four Fundamentals of Photography
  4. Create a Visual Impact with Composition
  5. Importance of Foreground and Background
  6. Create Depth in Landscape Images
  7. Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
  8. Composition Practice Exercise
  9. Composition Critique of Student Images
  10. Keys to Posing
  11. Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
  12. Shoot: Modern Female Pose
  13. Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
  14. Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
  15. Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
  16. Seven Posing Guidelines
  17. Headshots Poses with Male Model
  18. Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
  19. Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
  20. Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
  21. Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
  22. Keys to Couples Posing
  23. Shoot: Couples Posing
  24. Couples Transitional Posing Overview
  25. Shoot: Transitional Posing
  26. Keys to Group Posing
  27. Accordion Technique with Groups
  28. Shoot: Accordion Technique
  29. Shoot: Best Buds Pose
  30. Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
  31. Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
  32. Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
  33. Shoot: Pod Method Pose
  34. Posing Critique of Student Images
  35. Introduction to Lighting
  36. Soft vs Hard Light
  37. Difficult Lighting Situations
  38. Bright Light Techniques
  39. Overcast Light Techniques
  40. Low Light Techniques
  41. Lighting Techniques Q&A
  42. Drama Queen Lighting
  43. Laundry Basket Lighting
  44. Make it Rain Lighting
  45. Smart Phone Painting with Light
  46. Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
  47. Choose the Right Lighting System
  48. Hybrid Flash System
  49. Innovative Accessories
  50. Gear Overview
  51. Theatrical Post-Processing
  52. Ten Keys to Post-Processing
  53. Essential Skills to Post-Processing
  54. Headshot Post-Processing
  55. Bright Light Post-Processing
  56. Flat Light Post-Processing
  57. Low Light Post-Processing
  58. Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
  59. Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
  60. Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
  61. Post-Processing Critique of Student Images

Reviews

Vitor Rademaker
 

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!

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I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive

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Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.